James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor
 In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...

Posted: a day ago

In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...
Deal plan to reduce Georgia tax hike from fed plan gets cold reception
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia...
Georgia House backs ‘truth-in-fee’ constitutional amendment
 It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go...
Georgia back-to-school tax holidays may be on a comeback, multiply
 South Georgia lawmakers are leading the charge to bring back the state’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday in August and September. House Bill 796 by Rep. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, would renew a Georgia tradition that ended last year, in part because lawmakers found it so costly. Under Corbett’s proposal, the sales-tax holidays...

Posted: 4 days ago

South Georgia lawmakers are leading the charge to bring back the state’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday in August and September. House Bill 796 by Rep. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, would renew a Georgia tradition that ended last year, in part because lawmakers found it so costly. Under Corbett’s proposal, the sales-tax holidays...
Deal pushing bill to cut Georgia windfall from federal tax changes
 The Deal administration is filing legislation to eat into the massive windfall the state is expecting from the federal tax plan that Congress approved in December. It would also give some Georgians the chance to lower their state tax bill, which might jump as a result of the federal tax changes. “It will mean the state is not collecting...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Deal administration is filing legislation to eat into the massive windfall the state is expecting from the federal tax plan that Congress approved in December. It would also give some Georgians the chance to lower their state tax bill, which might jump as a result of the federal tax changes. “It will mean the state is not collecting...
State revenue jumps as Georgians prepay taxes ahead of federal changes
 State income tax collections shot up $359 million in January as the Department of Revenue took in payments ahead of the new federal tax law. Overall state revenue jumped 16.7 percent over January 2017. While sales tax collections were strong — a good sign for the economy — the biggest boost, 27 percent, came from individual income...

Posted: 8 days ago

State income tax collections shot up $359 million in January as the Department of Revenue took in payments ahead of the new federal tax law. Overall state revenue jumped 16.7 percent over January 2017. While sales tax collections were strong — a good sign for the economy — the biggest boost, 27 percent, came from individual income...
Georgia House panel backs tax breaks for airlines, aquarium
 Legislation to exempt jet fuel and construction materials used in a Georgia Aquarium expansion from taxes and a bill to raise tag fees for many used-car buyers are advancing through the state House. A key panel, the state House Ways and Means Committee, approved more than a dozen tax bills Thursday, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure...

Posted: 8 days ago

Legislation to exempt jet fuel and construction materials used in a Georgia Aquarium expansion from taxes and a bill to raise tag fees for many used-car buyers are advancing through the state House. A key panel, the state House Ways and Means Committee, approved more than a dozen tax bills Thursday, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure...
Governor’s jet fuel tax break bill moves quickly in Georgia House
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislation to make changes in the state tax code, including exempting jet fuel from sales taxes, is moving quickly through the House. Only a few days after House Bill 821 was filed, it passed its first vote before a House panel Wednesday. Deal is hoping for quick approval, despite legislative consternation over...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislation to make changes in the state tax code, including exempting jet fuel from sales taxes, is moving quickly through the House. Only a few days after House Bill 821 was filed, it passed its first vote before a House panel Wednesday. Deal is hoping for quick approval, despite legislative consternation over...
Governor will consider tax cut plans to address Georgia’s windfall
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he would consider working on legislation during this year’s General Assembly session to reduce the massive revenue windfall the state could receive from the federal tax plan that Congress passed in December. Earlier the administration had said it wanted to leave the issue to lawmakers to deal...

Posted: 10 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he would consider working on legislation during this year’s General Assembly session to reduce the massive revenue windfall the state could receive from the federal tax plan that Congress passed in December. Earlier the administration had said it wanted to leave the issue to lawmakers to deal...
Georgia lawmakers voice opposition to ignoring state tax windfall
 The Deal administration has filed legislation that doesn’t address the revenue windfall the state will see from the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress in December but would eliminate state jet fuel taxes for airlines. While the Deal administration was hoping for quick passage of House Bill 821 — an annual measure wedding...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Deal administration has filed legislation that doesn’t address the revenue windfall the state will see from the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress in December but would eliminate state jet fuel taxes for airlines. While the Deal administration was hoping for quick passage of House Bill 821 — an annual measure wedding...
Georgia internet sales tax proposal clears big hurdle
 The days of buying untaxed goods online in Georgia may be numbered. The Georgia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...

Posted: 16 days ago

The days of buying untaxed goods online in Georgia may be numbered. The Georgia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor
 In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...

Posted: a day ago

In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...
Deal plan to reduce Georgia tax hike from fed plan gets cold reception
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia...
Georgia House backs ‘truth-in-fee’ constitutional amendment
 It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go...
Georgia back-to-school tax holidays may be on a comeback, multiply
 South Georgia lawmakers are leading the charge to bring back the state’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday in August and September. House Bill 796 by Rep. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, would renew a Georgia tradition that ended last year, in part because lawmakers found it so costly. Under Corbett’s proposal, the sales-tax holidays...

Posted: 4 days ago

South Georgia lawmakers are leading the charge to bring back the state’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday in August and September. House Bill 796 by Rep. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, would renew a Georgia tradition that ended last year, in part because lawmakers found it so costly. Under Corbett’s proposal, the sales-tax holidays...
Deal pushing bill to cut Georgia windfall from federal tax changes
 The Deal administration is filing legislation to eat into the massive windfall the state is expecting from the federal tax plan that Congress approved in December. It would also give some Georgians the chance to lower their state tax bill, which might jump as a result of the federal tax changes. “It will mean the state is not collecting...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Deal administration is filing legislation to eat into the massive windfall the state is expecting from the federal tax plan that Congress approved in December. It would also give some Georgians the chance to lower their state tax bill, which might jump as a result of the federal tax changes. “It will mean the state is not collecting...
State revenue jumps as Georgians prepay taxes ahead of federal changes
 State income tax collections shot up $359 million in January as the Department of Revenue took in payments ahead of the new federal tax law. Overall state revenue jumped 16.7 percent over January 2017. While sales tax collections were strong — a good sign for the economy — the biggest boost, 27 percent, came from individual income...

Posted: 8 days ago

State income tax collections shot up $359 million in January as the Department of Revenue took in payments ahead of the new federal tax law. Overall state revenue jumped 16.7 percent over January 2017. While sales tax collections were strong — a good sign for the economy — the biggest boost, 27 percent, came from individual income...
Georgia House panel backs tax breaks for airlines, aquarium
 Legislation to exempt jet fuel and construction materials used in a Georgia Aquarium expansion from taxes and a bill to raise tag fees for many used-car buyers are advancing through the state House. A key panel, the state House Ways and Means Committee, approved more than a dozen tax bills Thursday, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure...

Posted: 8 days ago

Legislation to exempt jet fuel and construction materials used in a Georgia Aquarium expansion from taxes and a bill to raise tag fees for many used-car buyers are advancing through the state House. A key panel, the state House Ways and Means Committee, approved more than a dozen tax bills Thursday, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure...
Governor’s jet fuel tax break bill moves quickly in Georgia House
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislation to make changes in the state tax code, including exempting jet fuel from sales taxes, is moving quickly through the House. Only a few days after House Bill 821 was filed, it passed its first vote before a House panel Wednesday. Deal is hoping for quick approval, despite legislative consternation over...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislation to make changes in the state tax code, including exempting jet fuel from sales taxes, is moving quickly through the House. Only a few days after House Bill 821 was filed, it passed its first vote before a House panel Wednesday. Deal is hoping for quick approval, despite legislative consternation over...
Governor will consider tax cut plans to address Georgia’s windfall
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he would consider working on legislation during this year’s General Assembly session to reduce the massive revenue windfall the state could receive from the federal tax plan that Congress passed in December. Earlier the administration had said it wanted to leave the issue to lawmakers to deal...

Posted: 10 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he would consider working on legislation during this year’s General Assembly session to reduce the massive revenue windfall the state could receive from the federal tax plan that Congress passed in December. Earlier the administration had said it wanted to leave the issue to lawmakers to deal...
Georgia lawmakers voice opposition to ignoring state tax windfall
 The Deal administration has filed legislation that doesn’t address the revenue windfall the state will see from the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress in December but would eliminate state jet fuel taxes for airlines. While the Deal administration was hoping for quick passage of House Bill 821 — an annual measure wedding...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Deal administration has filed legislation that doesn’t address the revenue windfall the state will see from the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress in December but would eliminate state jet fuel taxes for airlines. While the Deal administration was hoping for quick passage of House Bill 821 — an annual measure wedding...
Georgia internet sales tax proposal clears big hurdle
 The days of buying untaxed goods online in Georgia may be numbered. The Georgia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...

Posted: 16 days ago

The days of buying untaxed goods online in Georgia may be numbered. The Georgia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor
 In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...

Posted: a day ago

In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...
Deal plan to reduce Georgia tax hike from fed plan gets cold reception
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia...
Georgia House backs ‘truth-in-fee’ constitutional amendment
 It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go...
Georgia back-to-school tax holidays may be on a comeback, multiply
 South Georgia lawmakers are leading the charge to bring back the state’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday in August and September. House Bill 796 by Rep. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, would renew a Georgia tradition that ended last year, in part because lawmakers found it so costly. Under Corbett’s proposal, the sales-tax holidays...

Posted: 4 days ago

South Georgia lawmakers are leading the charge to bring back the state’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday in August and September. House Bill 796 by Rep. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, would renew a Georgia tradition that ended last year, in part because lawmakers found it so costly. Under Corbett’s proposal, the sales-tax holidays...
Deal pushing bill to cut Georgia windfall from federal tax changes
 The Deal administration is filing legislation to eat into the massive windfall the state is expecting from the federal tax plan that Congress approved in December. It would also give some Georgians the chance to lower their state tax bill, which might jump as a result of the federal tax changes. “It will mean the state is not collecting...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Deal administration is filing legislation to eat into the massive windfall the state is expecting from the federal tax plan that Congress approved in December. It would also give some Georgians the chance to lower their state tax bill, which might jump as a result of the federal tax changes. “It will mean the state is not collecting...
State revenue jumps as Georgians prepay taxes ahead of federal changes
 State income tax collections shot up $359 million in January as the Department of Revenue took in payments ahead of the new federal tax law. Overall state revenue jumped 16.7 percent over January 2017. While sales tax collections were strong — a good sign for the economy — the biggest boost, 27 percent, came from individual income...

Posted: 8 days ago

State income tax collections shot up $359 million in January as the Department of Revenue took in payments ahead of the new federal tax law. Overall state revenue jumped 16.7 percent over January 2017. While sales tax collections were strong — a good sign for the economy — the biggest boost, 27 percent, came from individual income...
Georgia House panel backs tax breaks for airlines, aquarium
 Legislation to exempt jet fuel and construction materials used in a Georgia Aquarium expansion from taxes and a bill to raise tag fees for many used-car buyers are advancing through the state House. A key panel, the state House Ways and Means Committee, approved more than a dozen tax bills Thursday, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure...

Posted: 8 days ago

Legislation to exempt jet fuel and construction materials used in a Georgia Aquarium expansion from taxes and a bill to raise tag fees for many used-car buyers are advancing through the state House. A key panel, the state House Ways and Means Committee, approved more than a dozen tax bills Thursday, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure...
Governor’s jet fuel tax break bill moves quickly in Georgia House
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislation to make changes in the state tax code, including exempting jet fuel from sales taxes, is moving quickly through the House. Only a few days after House Bill 821 was filed, it passed its first vote before a House panel Wednesday. Deal is hoping for quick approval, despite legislative consternation over...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislation to make changes in the state tax code, including exempting jet fuel from sales taxes, is moving quickly through the House. Only a few days after House Bill 821 was filed, it passed its first vote before a House panel Wednesday. Deal is hoping for quick approval, despite legislative consternation over...
Governor will consider tax cut plans to address Georgia’s windfall
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he would consider working on legislation during this year’s General Assembly session to reduce the massive revenue windfall the state could receive from the federal tax plan that Congress passed in December. Earlier the administration had said it wanted to leave the issue to lawmakers to deal...

Posted: 10 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he would consider working on legislation during this year’s General Assembly session to reduce the massive revenue windfall the state could receive from the federal tax plan that Congress passed in December. Earlier the administration had said it wanted to leave the issue to lawmakers to deal...
Georgia lawmakers voice opposition to ignoring state tax windfall
 The Deal administration has filed legislation that doesn’t address the revenue windfall the state will see from the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress in December but would eliminate state jet fuel taxes for airlines. While the Deal administration was hoping for quick passage of House Bill 821 — an annual measure wedding...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Deal administration has filed legislation that doesn’t address the revenue windfall the state will see from the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress in December but would eliminate state jet fuel taxes for airlines. While the Deal administration was hoping for quick passage of House Bill 821 — an annual measure wedding...
Georgia internet sales tax proposal clears big hurdle
 The days of buying untaxed goods online in Georgia may be numbered. The Georgia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...

Posted: 16 days ago

The days of buying untaxed goods online in Georgia may be numbered. The Georgia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax...